40th Wedding Anniversary Invitations — The Ruby Anniversary

A 40th wedding anniversary is a milestone occasion that deserves proper praise and celebration. Whether your own is approaching or a friend or family member’s, throw an anniversary party to commemorate this special, four-decade landmark. Find the perfect 40th wedding anniversary invitations for your nearing event with these helpful tips.

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Elegant Ruby 40th Wedding Anniversary Invitation by PurpleTrail.com.

The Ruby Anniversary

40th wedding anniversaries are all about rubies. Some believe rubies are red because they hold a burning inner flame. The ruby’s inner flame symbolically relates to a long-married couple’s passion for one another.

Since 40 years is such a long time for married couples to be together, it’s called the ruby anniversary (couples really have to be passionate to stay together that long, right?!).

With that said, incorporating rubies or the color red into your 40th wedding anniversary invitations is recommended.

40th Wedding Anniversary Invitations

In addition to including a ruby theme within your 40th wedding anniversary invitations, you’ll also want to choose fonts, colors, a design, and paper stock that reflects your 40th anniversary party’s look and feel. Will the party be formal or will it be casual? Traditional or modern?

Whichever style of party you choose to hold just make sure that it’s apparent in your 40th anniversary invitations.

Formal 40th Wedding Anniversary Invitation by PurpleTrail.com.
Formal 40th Wedding Anniversary Invitation by PurpleTrail.com.


The best way of doing this is by creating your 40th wedding anniversary invitations yourself on a custom stationery website, like PurpleTrail.com.

For a formal anniversary party, select a rich paper stock like linen or a luxury card stock paper like pearlescent. Choose whimsical cursive fonts, a simple palette, and a clean layout for your invites.  For a casual party, have fun making your invitations unique and eye-catching with lots of photos, a stylish mix of fonts, and a nontraditional palette.

40th Anniversary Photo Invitations

40th anniversary photo invitations are great because they can double as keepsakes. On PurpleTrail.com you can add unlimited photos to your custom invitations.

In addition to a variety of beautiful multi-photo invitations, they also offer a number of cute then and now anniversary invitations and anniversary timeline invitations.

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Then and Now 40th Anniversary Invitation by PurpleTrail.com.

These styles of invitations give couples a chance to showcase and share their favorite memories and photos from the past 40 years.

The recipient will love receiving such a meaningful invite and cherish it for years to come.

40th Wedding Anniversary Invitation Wording

After you’ve perfected your 40th wedding invitation’s design, you’ll need to fill it with meaningful 40th wedding anniversary invitation wording.

You can really include any kind of wording you like, but your wedding anniversary invitations will have to include the following details: date, time, place, theme (if there is one), and food being served.

Beyond that it’s up to you what to include. Here are a few wording suggestions you can use for inspiration:

You’re cordially invited to

Sophia and John Lancaster’s

40th Wedding Anniversary

Join us for a ruby themed dinner party at their home

333 Third Avenue — Seattle, WA 98109

No gifts please. Your presence is present enough!

40th wedding anniversary invitations
Elegant 40th Anniversary Photo Invitation by PurpleTrail.com.

Please join us to celebrate

Abigail and Stephen’s

40th wedding anniversary

We will be commemorating their long and happy marriage with

dinner, drinks, and dancing at the Marriott

333 Pine Street, Seattle, WA

1/1/2015 — 7:00 PM

The party will have a ruby theme — please wear red! No gifts please!

Please RSVP with Karen: 999-999-9999


You’re warmly invited to the 40th wedding anniversary celebration of

Maria and Phillip Stone

Join us for a casual BBQ in their backyard

Food provided, please BYOB

1/1/2015 — 12:00 PM

333 Second Avenue, Seattle, WA

No gifts please

You can use these 40th anniversary wording samples to get started, but remember to include unique details about your marriage that will add extra meaning to your anniversary invitations.

You can add your wedding vows, a poem, or an inspiring quote about commitment or marriage. For a list of great quotes, check out these Meaningful Anniversary Quotes and Wedding Anniversary Quotes posts.

40th Wedding Anniversary Envelopes and Liners

For a special occasion such as a 40th wedding anniversary, we recommend going all out on matching envelopes, envelope liners, and address labels — all of which can be designed and purchased along with your custom 40th wedding anniversary invitations.

40th wedding anniversary invitations
Matching 40th wedding anniversary envelope by PurpleTrail.com.

Simple additions like these will really embellish your anniversary party’s theme and give your party a stylish entrance. Custom envelopes and address labels will also let guests know there’s an important message inside.

 Anniversary Invitation Etiquette

Because your 40th anniversary only happens once, you’ll want every detail to be perfect. Here are a few simple anniversary invitation etiquette guidelines you can use to ensure everything goes smoothly.

Before doing anything else, you’ll want to determine your budget. From there, you can start working on your guest list, because you’ll know how many people you can accommodate for.

After determining your guest list, you can order your invites. Since you’ll want to have your invites sent out between six to eight weeks before your party, you’ll want to make sure to purchase them well before then.

Good luck planning your 40th wedding anniversary party! Hopefully these anniversary invitation tips have left you feeling inspired and answered all the questions you had about 40th wedding anniversary stationery. For more inspiration, check out our entire collection of customizable wedding anniversary invitations.

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